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Report: Arsenal willing to bid £34.4m for £22k-per-week Serie A midfielder; Premier League rivals also interested

Arsenal are ready to bid €40m (£34.4m) to complete a transfer for Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the Gunners are one of a number of clubs interested in the ace.

Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea are also interested in the Italy international. However, it’s thought the player prefers a move to Juventus.

Sassuolo’s CEO Giovanni Carnevali has confirmed interest in the star from abroad is authentic.

He enjoyed a brilliant season with the Serie A outfit, featuring in 34 league games. The 23-year-old scored four times and registered three assists despite being a defensive midfielder.

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It earned him a spot in the Euro 2020 squad and he started the opening game against Turkey.

TBR View: Locatelli transfer would solve many problems for Arsenal

Last season prove a horrible campaign for the Gunners. And part and parcel for their struggles were their deficiencies in midfield.

A transfer of Locatelli could help Arsenal fix all their issues next season.

The central player has burst on to the Italian top-flight, making a great impression.

His all-around ability and age make him a phenomenal candidate to replace Granit Xhaka.

The Switzerland international is close to leaving north London with Roma in advanced talks over a transfer. And with his performances last term, he requires a good replacement

Locatelli averaged more passes per game than Swiss ace. He was one of the key ball-players for his side, completing the second-most passes.

The ace also made more tackles in the attacking third than Xhaka, showing his suitability for Mikel Arteta’s style of play.

Arteta has relayed his keenness to press high and win the ball back further up the pitch. In Locatelli, he has a better overall midfield target, who would prove a great replacement for the 28-year-old.

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